Father and son pedal for two cancer charities


EXTREME father and son bonding will take place for two locals later this year as they cycle from Guernsey to Biarritz in just six days.

The 600-mile cross French adventure will attempt to raise £2,000 for Male Uprising Guernsey and the Pink Ladies.

But first, the duo – Nigel Salmon, 51, and his 20-year-old son Jake – will need to get there, and they accept it will not be the easiest of journeys, especially the opening leg.

‘It will be the height of summer, so very hot. We are aiming to do the opening leg down to Saint-Nazaire in a single day, which is a distance, depending on which route you take, of between 98 miles and 112 miles,’ said Nigel.

‘It is a pretty hectic schedule, we go on the Friday, aim to be in Biarritz on the following Friday, catch the boat back Saturday and I’m back to work on the Sunday.’

His son had originally planned to do the trip two years ago, but through a combination of illness and bad luck, it could not happen. The charities were chosen because of personal experience, he added.

‘Then through a combination of a mid-life-ish crisis, we [him and his son] talked about it at Christmas, we had the family egging us on and we thought “we’ll do this”,’ said Nigel. ‘We both know people who have been affected by cancer, and I found out recently one of my wife’s friends has it back. We are going to split the money evenly between the two charities.’

With the ride taking place in June, they admit that training will have to begin soon, but for now it is working on the logistics – booking a hotel every night, figuring out the correct routes and just what they can take with them on their bikes, as there will be no support vehicles.

They will be averaging 100 miles a day, on roads lanes, and voies vertes – dedicated cycle lanes.

Their JustGiving page is at http://bit.ly/1AQyyqB.

Article By Damian Wrigley, picture by Steve Sarre, courtesy of the Guernsey Press and Star

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